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Arsene Wenger says there is a belief within his Arsenal squad that they are capable of winning the Premier League title this season to prove the doubters wrong.
The Gunners opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Liverpool, but going into the game there had been suggestions Wenger’s men could not compete with the top teams.
Home defeats to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and Chelsea in the Capital One Cup had many believing they did not have what it takes to win the title.
However, the Gunners bounced back in fine style to defeat fellow title hopefuls Liverpool and Wenger says the “belief” within his ranks is growing all the time.
“The belief is inside the team,” Wenger said. “I think it creates a bit more belief outside the team as well, and that comes back into the team again.
“People start to say, ‘oh maybe Arsenal’ (can win the league), maybe people give us a bit more credit, and that can reinforce the belief.
“But it’s down to us how consistent we can be. We haven’t won the title since 2004 and we were not in contention last year, so I don’t blame people for their views.
“It’s down to us to create that belief, and through our performances we can do that.”